CESAR Augusto HERNANDEZ
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   2B
Home: N/A Team:   INDIANS
Height: 5' 10" Bats:   S
Weight: 160 Throws:   R
DOB: 5/23/1990 Agent: Octagon
Uniform #: 16  
Birth City: Valencia, Carabobo,Venezuela
Draft: 2006 - Phillies - Free agent - Out of Venezuela
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2007 VSL VSL-Phillies   54 181 32 50 7 8 2 21 6   11 30 .328 .436 .276
2008 VSL VSL-Phillies   60 197 31 62 7 6 1 24 19   33 22 .412 .426 .315
2009 GCL GCL-Phillies   41 150 21 40 5 1 0 18 13   17 20 .351 .313 .267
2010 NYP WILLIAMSPORT     255 36 83 13 2 0 23 32 6 26 27 .390 .392 .325
2011 FSL CLEARWATER   119 421 47 113 7 4 4 37 23 10 23 80 .306 .333 .268
2013 EL READING   3 10 2 5 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 .500 .600 .500
2013 IL LEHIGH VALLEY   104 391 59 121 12 9 2 34 32 8 41 81 .375 .402 .309
2013 NL PHILLIES   34 121 17 35 5 0 0 10 0 3 9 26 .344 .331 .289
2014 NL PHILLIES $500.00 66 114 13 27 2 0 1 4 1 1 9 33 .290 .281 .237
2014 IL LEHIGH VALLEY   40 156 23 40 6 3 0 10 7 4 15 34 .322 .333 .256
2014 EL READING   26 103 13 35 4 1 3 14 1 3 13 13 .410 .485 .340
2015 NL PHILLIES $510.00 127 405 57 110 20 4 1 35 19 5 40 86 .339 .348 .272
2016 NL PHILLIES $525.00 155 547 67 161 14 11 6 39 17 13 66 116 .371 .393 .294
2017 FSL CLEARWATER   4 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 2 .647 .143 .143
2017 NL PHILLIES $2,550.00 128 511 85 150 26 6 9 34 15 5 61 104 .373 .421 .294
2018 NL PHILLIES $5,100.00 161 605 91 153 15 3 15 60 19 6 95 155 .356 .362 .253
2019 NL PHILLIES $7,750.00 161 612 77 171 31 3 14 71 9 2 45 100 .333 .408 .279
Personal
  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2016, CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Phillies CLASS="highlight"> (see CLASS="highlight"> below). CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • During CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> off-season, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> resides CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hometown CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Valencia, CLASS="highlight"> Carabobo, CLASS="highlight"> Venezuela. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2010, CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 31st-best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Phillies CLASS="highlight"> organization. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> moved CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> #19 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> 2011 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> /> CLASS="highlight"> />In CLASS="highlight"> 2012, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #14. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> 2013, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> #15. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> 2014, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> moved CLASS="highlight"> Cesar CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> #8.

  • Hernandez, CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> months CLASS="highlight"> younger CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> Freddy CLASS="highlight"> Galvis, CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> watched CLASS="highlight"> intently CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> friend CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> former CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> Leaguer CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues. CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> Galvis CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> kid. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> lived CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Valencia, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Galvis CLASS="highlight"> lived CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Punto CLASS="highlight"> Fijo, CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> towns CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> hours CLASS="highlight"> apart. CLASS="highlight"> "Since CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> League, CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> other," CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> won. CLASS="highlight"> All CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> League, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> won."

  • "We CLASS="highlight"> might CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> ways, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> faster CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> him," CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "But CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues CLASS="highlight"> now."

    It's CLASS="highlight"> conceivable CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Galvis CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> double-play CLASS="highlight"> combination CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> future CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Philadelphia. CLASS="highlight"> Galvis CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> base CLASS="highlight"> now, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> he'd CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> future. CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> organization CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> baseman. CLASS="highlight"> (2012)

  • Cesar CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> vocal CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> draws CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> attention CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> himself.

  • Spring CLASS="highlight"> 2013: Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> AAA, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> May, CLASS="highlight"> Michael CLASS="highlight"> Young CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> placed CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> bereavement CLASS="highlight"> leave, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> subsequently, CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> promoted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Majors CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> fill CLASS="highlight"> Young's CLASS="highlight"> roster CLASS="highlight"> spot. CLASS="highlight"> On CLASS="highlight"> May CLASS="highlight"> 29, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> debut, CLASS="highlight"> pinch CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Antonio CLASS="highlight"> Bastardo.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> July CLASS="highlight"> 2013, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> Ben CLASS="highlight"> Revere CLASS="highlight"> sustained CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> injury, CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez was CLASS="highlight"> converted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> center CLASS="highlight"> fielder, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> conversion CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> quickly CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> effectively, CLASS="highlight"> garnering CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> call-up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues, CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> "pleasant CLASS="highlight"> surprise." CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> manager, CLASS="highlight"> Dave CLASS="highlight"> Brundage, CLASS="highlight"> commented, CLASS="highlight"> "He’s CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> well CLASS="highlight"> offensively CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> they’re CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> create CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> spot CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> find CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> spot CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fit CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> not."

  • 2016 CLASS="highlight"> Season CLASS="highlight"> : CLASS="highlight"> Here CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> numbers CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Cesar CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> up.

    Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> fWAR CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 4.4 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2016, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> highest CLASS="highlight"> mark CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Phillies CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 9th-most CLASS="highlight"> among CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> basemen. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> words, CLASS="highlight"> according CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Fangraphs, CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> top-10 CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> baseman CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2016.

    Cesar CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> rWAR CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 3.3 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2016, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> highest CLASS="highlight"> mark CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Phils CLASS="highlight"> (Odubel CLASS="highlight"> Herrera CLASS="highlight"> 4.2), CLASS="highlight"> 12th-best CLASS="highlight"> among CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> second-baggers. CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> on-base CLASS="highlight"> percentage CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> .371. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 22nd-best CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> man CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> front CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> him? CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> .373. CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> walked CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 10.6% CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> plate CLASS="highlight"> appearances, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> among CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> least CLASS="highlight"> 200 CLASS="highlight"> PAs.

    Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> led CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> triples CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 11. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> led CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> bunt CLASS="highlight"> hits CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 15. 

    Since CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> beginning CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> accumulated CLASS="highlight"> 1074 CLASS="highlight"> PAs CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> .285/.358/.374. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> career-high CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs.

    According CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Fangraphs, CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> worth CLASS="highlight"> +4 CLASS="highlight"> defensive CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> saved CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2016, CLASS="highlight"> compared CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> -5 CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> UZR CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 13.5. CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> BABIP CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> .363 CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> year, CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> BABIP CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> .342. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> .321 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2014. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> caught CLASS="highlight"> stealing CLASS="highlight"> 13 CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> stole CLASS="highlight"> 17 CLASS="highlight"> bases, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> stolen CLASS="highlight"> base CLASS="highlight"> percentage CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> 56.7%.

    Despite CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> misadventures CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> bases, CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> finished CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2016 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> BsR CLASS="highlight"> (Fangraphs’ CLASS="highlight"> metric CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> turns CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> running CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> stolen CLASS="highlight"> bases, CLASS="highlight"> caught CLASS="highlight"> stealings, CLASS="highlight"> taking CLASS="highlight"> extra CLASS="highlight"> bases, CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> thrown CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> turns CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> above CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> below CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> number) CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> found CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> worth CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> above CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> year. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> almost CLASS="highlight"> .300,and CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> half CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2016 CLASS="highlight"> batted CLASS="highlight"> .298/.413/.411.

  • Ballplayers CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> seem CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> longtime CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> men. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> grow CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> eyes, CLASS="highlight"> faster CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> seems CLASS="highlight"> possible. CLASS="highlight"> Cesar CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Phillies CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Pete CLASS="highlight"> Mackanin, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> remembers CLASS="highlight"> seeing CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> teenager CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> learning CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> Leagues.

    "Cesar CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> shy CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> without CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> confidence CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> ability, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> confidence," CLASS="highlight"> Mackanin CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I've CLASS="highlight"> seen CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> grow CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> solid CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> player. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> quite CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> confidence CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> now. CLASS="highlight">  He CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> exudes CLASS="highlight"> confidence."

    Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> base CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2015, CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> franchise CLASS="highlight"> icon CLASS="highlight"> Chase CLASS="highlight"> Utley CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> traded CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dodgers. CLASS="highlight"> No CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> knew CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> stay CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> rough CLASS="highlight"> edges CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight">  

    "Most CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> [my CLASS="highlight"> confidence] CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> [because] CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> under CLASS="highlight"> pressure," CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> visitors' CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Wrigley CLASS="highlight"> Field, CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> translator CLASS="highlight"> Diego CLASS="highlight"> Ettedgui. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> pressure. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ballpark CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> fun, CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> energy. CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I've CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> doing."

    Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> seemed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> turn CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> corner CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hitter CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> half CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2016.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> well CLASS="highlight"> enough CLASS="highlight"> previous CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> year," CLASS="highlight"> Mackanin CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "We CLASS="highlight"> felt CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> better. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> pushing CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> coaching CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> explaining CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> you're CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> right, CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> you're CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> wrong, CLASS="highlight"> working CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> things. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> takes CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> Sometimes CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> scene CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> they're CLASS="highlight"> ready. CLASS="highlight"> Look CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Corey CLASS="highlight"> Seager. CLASS="highlight"> Just CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> solid CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> get-go. CLASS="highlight"> Other CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> takes CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> Cesar CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> now."

    Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> become CLASS="highlight"> comfortable CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> surroundings.

    "Now CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> experience," CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I've CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pitchers. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> throw, CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> face CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> details CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> goes CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> way." CLASS="highlight">  (Rogers CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 5/2/17)

  • Hernandez's CLASS="highlight"> nickname CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> "Cesita." CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> means CLASS="highlight"> "little CLASS="highlight"> Cesar" CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Spanish. CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez's CLASS="highlight"> dad CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> Cesar. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez's CLASS="highlight"> mother CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> tired CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> figure CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> talking CLASS="highlight"> about, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> she CLASS="highlight"> gave CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> son CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> nickname.

    TRANSACTIONS

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 2, CLASS="highlight"> 2006: CLASS="highlight"> At CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> 16, CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agent CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> Phillies CLASS="highlight"> international CLASS="highlight"> scouting CLASS="highlight"> supervisor CLASS="highlight"> Sal CLASS="highlight"> Agostinelli CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> scouts CLASS="highlight"> Don CLASS="highlight"> Welke CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Jesus CLASS="highlight"> Mendez. CLASS="highlight"> Cesar's CLASS="highlight"> bonus CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> $50,000.

  • Feb CLASS="highlight"> 3, CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Phillies CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Cesar CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> $2.5 CLASS="highlight"> million.

  • Jan CLASS="highlight"> 12, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> Cesar CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Phillies CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration, CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> worth CLASS="highlight"> $5.1 CLASS="highlight"> million.

  • Jan CLASS="highlight"> 11, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: Cesar CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Phillies CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration, CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> $7. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">7 CLASS="highlight"> million.

  • Dec. CLASS="highlight"> 2, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Phillies CLASS="highlight"> non-tendered CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez, CLASS="highlight"> making CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agent.

  • Dec CLASS="highlight"> 23, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Indians CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Hernandez CLASS="highlight"> reached CLASS="highlight"> agreement CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> worth CLASS="highlight"> $6. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">2 CLASS="highlight"> million.
Batting
  • Hernandez has outstanding instincts at the plate and is a pure hitter. He hits well from both sides of the plate, but He handles the bat significantly better from the left side. He is a slasher who makes consistent contact and uses all fields from both sides of the plate.

    He has below-average power but does have some strength to the pull side, particularly when batting righthanded
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  • Cesar has a good eye and is willing to take a walk, helping his ability as a table-setter. He has a solid understanding of the strike zone. But he also will occasionally get impatient and chase a pitch, getting himself out. Pitchers can beat him with good velocity up in the zone.

    He can bunt and hit-and-run effectively. He is a slap hitter who squares the ball up well.

  • Hernandez has the stuff to possibly be a big league leadoff hitter.

  • In 2015, Cesar replaced Chase Utley with the Phillies, and he did a good job of replacing a legend.

  • In 2018, the Baseball America Best Tools Survey of managers, scouts and executives rated Hernandez as the Best Bunter. And the third-best hit-and-run guy in the NL, behind D.J. LeMahieu and Jose Peraza.

  • 2019 Season: In 161 games with Philadelphia, he hit .279 with a .741 OPS, 14 homers and 71 RBIs. He was also worth 1.7 Wins Above Replacement with a 92 wRC+, according to FanGraphs, while owning a .313 batting average on balls in play. 

  • As of the start of the 2020 season, Cesar's career Major League stats were: .277 batting average, 46 home runs with 253 RBI in 2,915 at-bats. 

Fielding
  • Cesar doesn't have enough arm to be a regular at shortstop, but he has sure hands that make him a very good second baseman.

    He is a quality defender at second base with an above-average arm, though he tends to rely on it too much and becomes too passive and stationary in the field.

  • Hernandez has sure hands and slick infield actions, and he turns the double play very well. He has a solid, accurate arm and plenty of range at second base.

    "He reminds me a little bit of an Alberto Callaspo/Erick Aybar type," Batavia manager Dann Bilardello said in 2010. "A great fielder, a switch-hitter, and he can run real well."

  • Cesar's excellent instincts allow his defensive tools to play up.
  • Hernandez tends to bend at his waist, and not at his knees, when fielding ground balls.
  • In 2013, the Phillies asked Cesar to move from second base to center field. He met the challenge, had some growing pains along the way, but improved pretty quickly. He had only played in the outfield one game in his pro career.

    His speed and athleticism are reasons why the Phils are giving Hernandez a look in center. And for now, the attention is on his defense, Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage said in 2013. Hernandez was taking extra rounds of fly balls every day.

    Hernandez said the one aspect he has struggled with the most is going back on fly balls over his head, and Brundage agreed.

    "As a second baseman, you go right and left an awful lot," Brundage said. "But he's struggling on some balls that are back over his head that are deep, that he's having a tough time getting to, or getting a jump on."

  • In 2015, Hernandez played second base, third base, and shortstop.

  • Since 2016, he has played second base almost exclusively.
Running
  • Cesar has the speed to impact a game and it plays well on the bases.
  • Hernandez is also a very intelligent baserunner.
  • He is a threat to steal a base. 
  • Phillies farm director Joe Jordan is high on Hernandez, 22. Jordan wants to see Hernandez use his legs more and become more of a presence on the field.

    “He’s got all the tools and physical abilities to be an everyday player in the Majors,” Jordan said in April 2013. “No question. He can be an everyday offensive second baseman."

  • In his five years with the Phillies, he always stole his share of bases, around 15 per year.
Career Injury Report
  • September 14, 2015: Cesar was placed on the 60-day DL with a dislocated left thumb.

  • June 11-July 17, 2017: Cesar was on the DL with strained left oblique.